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Different views - some Swedish mathematics students' concept images of the function concept
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Electronics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4909-1914
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Electronics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Mathematics.
University of Eastern Finland.
2010 (English)In: Nordisk matematikkdidaktikk, ISSN 1104-2176, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 5-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyses what kind of concept images a group of engineering and teacher students have of the function concept, and how these concept images are related to the historical development of this concept. The study was conducted using questionnaires, and 34 students at a Swedish university participated. It is found that the students primarily rely on operational conceptions of the function concept, with only a minority of students possessing structural conceptions. The definitions given by the students mostly resemble an 18th or 19th century view of functions. The study also indicates that the character of the definitions given in the textbooks used by the students affect their concept images.

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Göteborg: NCM , 2010. Vol. 15, no 4, p. 5-24
Keywords [en]
mathematics education, function concept, university mathematics, students, concept image
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-10011DiVA, id: diva2:438650
Available from: 2011-09-05 Created: 2011-09-05 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved

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